JAKARTA, thepresidentpost.com – Jakarta is the capital city as well as the central government of the Republic of Indonesia. It is the largest metropolitan city in Southeast Asia. Among the traffic congestions and dense population, Jakarta offers a variety of holiday destinations, from historical sites, family holiday spots, to shopping places.
Here are some of the tourist attractions in Jakarta that you should visit.
- National Monument
National Monument, shortened to Monas in Bahasa, is a tower with a height of 32 meters. This monument is the symbol of independence of the Republic of Indonesia as well as the landmark of Jakarta in particular and Indonesia in general.
Monas was originally built to appreciate the heroes who sacrificed their lives for the Indonesian independence. Initiated by Indonesia’s first president Ir. Soekarno, Monas has a crown of flames made of pure gold.
If you want to know the history of beloved Indonesian nation, you can visit Monas as the main destination of your vacation.
The cheap holiday spot is open every day from 8 am until 3 pm. However, every last Monday of month, it is closed for the public.
The entry ticket is affordable at Rp5,000 for adults, Rp3,000 for students, and Rp2,000 for children.
Meanwhile, if you want to use the elevator to get to the top, you have to pay additional Rp10,000 for adults and Rp5,000 for children and students.
- Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
The holiday spot for recreation and education purposes as well is Taman Mini Indonesia Indah or TMII.
It is suitable for all people ranging from children, adolescents, to adults. Here you can see the traditional houses from Sabang to Merauke. That is why TMMI is referred to as the miniature of Indonesia.
There are also a number of parks, museums, various places of worship, a theater, and other fun recreational rides here.
The 150 hectares TMII is located in East Jakarta and open on Monday through Sunday with the ticket prices vary for each site.
- Dunia Fantasi
Dunia Fantasi or Dufan is one of the amusement parks in Ancol Dreamland, North Jakarta. The rides available in Dufan are wide varied and the names are according to the themes.
For example, there is a European theme park for visitors to feel the sensation of the blue continent. It is intended to enhance the imagination of the visitors and to bring unforgettable excitement.
Its various rides have made Dufan to become a favorite destination for children who can explore and play as they please.
The ticket rates range from Rp190.000 for weekdays and Rp270,000 for weekends and holidays. There is also a premium ticket with the price of Rp350,000 for weekdays and Rp450,000 for weekends and holidays. While the annual pass ticket is Rp350,000 for both weekdays and weekends.
- Ragunan Zoo
Jakarta’s tourism site with flora and fauna is the Ragunan Zoo, located on Jalan Harsono no. 1 Ragunan, South Jakarta.
There are about 270 species of animals and about 171 species of flowers and plants in this zoo, the first zoo established in Indonesia in 1864 with an area of 140 hectares. This tourist spot becomes an alternative place for families to have vacation in the holidays.
The 50,000 canopy trees make this zoo cool and shady, momentarily apart from the air polluted Jakarta. You can visit this zoo with a very affordable price. Adults will be charged Rp4,000/person while a kid has to pay Rp3,000. The entry ticket does not include some fun rides such as horseback riding, amusement train, camel riding, and others.
- Ocean Ecopark
Ocean Ecopark is one of the tourist attractions in Jakarta that offers the sensation of “back to nature”. Still located in Ancol, precisely on Jalan Lodan Timur no.7, Ancol, Pademangan, North Jakarta.
In addition to frequent gigs by famous singers both from inside and outside the country, Ocean Ecopark also presents thematic and fun rides. There are 4 themes namely Eco Care, Eco Art, Aco Energy, and Eco Nature.
The entry ticket for this favorite tourist gateway is Rp25,000 per person excluding car parking. To enjoy the games offered like canoeing, paintball shooting, and outbondholic, it will be charged extra.
Ecopark is an ideal place for recreation with an educational purpose where children can interact directly with nature such as planting trees and other activities. For those who want to buy souvenirs, the eco-market provides plenty.
- Thousand Islands
Kepulauan Seribu (Thousand Islands) is one of the nautical holiday places in Jakarta. As the name implies, it consists of many beautiful and amazing small islands.
The main islands for tourist destinations are Tidung Island, Bidadari Island, Harapan Island, Pari Island, and other exotic islands. Things you can do on the islands are enjoying the beauty of the blue sea, white sand, various water sports and sunset charms.
To go to Kepulauan Seribu, you have to ride a boat like KM Kerapu from Muara Angke. The operational hours to purchase the boat ticket is from 06.30 am to 7.30 am.
The departure of the boat from Muara Angke is at 08.00 while from the island it leaves at 13.00. There are many routes offered and the rates range from Rp42,000 to Rp72,000.
- Old Town
Want to enjoy the atmosphere of Batavia? Just come to Kota Tua (Old Town). Here you will find interesting classic architectural buildings from the past.
To circumnavigate the Old Town area, you can rent a bike. While wandering around, do not forget to stop for a moment to the museums there.
Simply by paying Rp2,000 to Rp5,000, you can get additional knowledge of Jakarta history in the past. No wonder the Old Town becomes a cheap vacation spot in Jakarta.
As the day begins to change to night, the merchants are increasing in number, offering various kinds of stuff from food, clothing, to the other souvenirs.
The prices are also affordable especially for the ones who are able to bargain. If you want to enjoy the atmosphere ala cafe, all kinds of resto and cafe are available.
- Istiqlal Mosque and Cathedral Church
Jakarta’s recreation places vary from for having fun to religious tours, which can be done for contemplating or being gratitude to the divine. For Muslims, of course, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia of Istiqlal is a must.
Meanwhile, for Christians, the Katedaral Church located on the opposite of Istiqlal Mosque is waiting to be visited. The location of the two places of worship is in Central Jakarta.
To have vacation in Jakarta is not complete without visiting the Planetarium, located on Jalan Cikini Raya no. 73, Menteng, Central Jakarta, within the area of Taman Ismail Marzuki. As the name implies, in the building resembling a half-ball dome, you can see the planets in the universe.
It will be merrier if you bring along the family members, especially the children. Here, their curiosity about the planets and the space will be fulfilled.
The entry ticket is very, very affordable. It is only Rp7,000 for adults and Rp3,500 for children. The Planetarum is open from Tuesday to Sunday.
On Tuesday to Friday it is open at 4.30 pm, weekends and public holidays open at 10.00 am, 11.30 am, 1.00 pm, and 2.30 pm. If a national holiday falls on Friday the opening hours are 4 sessions at 10.00 am, 1.30 pm, 3.00, and 4.30 pm.
- Marina Beach
You can enjoy the breeze and tinge of orange sunset on the beach without having to cross to Kepulauan Seribu or to Anyer coastline area.
On the Marina Beach, you can enjoy the exotic of Jakarta bay by walking along the pier. The exotic romantic atmosphere will emerge when the sun is going down. You only need to pay Rp25,000 to get into this exotic beach area.
- Fatahillah Museum
As the capital city of the country, Jakarta keeps a variety of historical relics stored neatly in the museums. One of the museums is the Museum Fatahillah located at Jalan Taman Fatahillah, West Jakarta. This museum was originally the headquarters of the VOC in the Dutch colonial era.
This museum is classified on a cheap tourist attraction in Jakarta because you only need to pay the ticket Rp5,000 (adults), Rp3,000 (students), and Rp2,000 (children).
- Tanah Abang Market
After getting around the recreation places across Jakarta, it’s time to go shopping in the Tanah Abang market. The largest wholesale market in Jakarta is offering various kinds of clothes with a variety of styles. There are thousands of stores and traders who sell various needs of clothing. If you intend to bring souvenirs for the dear ones, Tanah Abang market is the best choice.
That are some of vacation spots in Jakarta you can visit. The variety of options in the offers will keep you and your family more comfortable to linger in the capital amid the annoyance of crowds and traffic jams. Hopefully the information above is useful and can be a reference to the destinations you will visit while in Jakarta later. Having recreation while learning the history of the country is certainly very beneficial. Happy holiday. (MT/TPP)